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1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments. In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation. (Sir W. Hamilton) The village carpenter . . . Lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. (H. Spencer)

2. Depending upon experience or observation alone, without due regard to science and theory; said especially of medical practice, remedies, etc.; wanting in science and deep insight; as, empiric skill, remedies. Empirical formula.

(Science: chemistry) see formula.

Synonym: see Transcendental.

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... dependent on observation, so we cannot simply rule out an observation which conflicts with our thesis. The consequence of this is that no law of empirical science can ever cast doubt on the reality of free will. I was asking if there is proof of anything being random in the world, because this ...

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by ughaibu
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do We Have The Freedom Of Choice?
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Well, at first glance, I don't know if is there any correlation between skin colour and brain capacity, but empirically I would say there is, if you just compare native europeans with native africans. You mean the same Africans who grossly outperform Europeans when operating ...

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by Seth90210
Thu May 23, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)
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mutations and dependencies

... a common ancestor with a single organism 3.5 billion years is an untestable conjecture/hypothesis. Mankind has 6,000 years of written history/empirical investigation of nature (another word for this starts with the letter 's' but i will not use that word as it is used dogmatically mostly in ...

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by jinx25
Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: mutations and dependencies
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Creationism is not scientific

... “'Evolution' ... is (conveniently) a process that is alleged to have both started an stopped happening in the unobserved and unobservable (not empirical science) past.” No one has claimed the evolution has stopped - quite the contrary! “Empirical investigation into both 'evolution' and Genesis ...

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by thoffnagle
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Creationism is not scientific
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Views: 18141

Re: Creationism is not scientific

... for creationism. Read over the OP again. Creationism does not qualify for the scientific method, it is metaphysics outside of the realm of empirical science. Creationism makes no predictions, can not be observed or tested at all and cannot be falsified. You are entitled to your religious/metaphysical ...

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by Forests
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Creationism is not scientific
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